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Presidential Search 2018

Steve Boone

Update on Sheridan’s Presidential Search

April 30, 2018

Since our last update in the January 29 edition of the Insider, Sheridan’s Presidential Search Committee has been hard at work to recommend a candidate to Sheridan’s Board of Governors to be our next President and Vice Chancellor. To view the profile, membership of the Presidential Search Committee, and other details, please visit the Presidential Search page on Sheridan’s website.

The Presidential Search Committee would like to thank all members of the Sheridan community who contributed to the development of the position profile during 2017 through the online anonymous survey and many focus groups that were held.

Sheridan received a large volume of expressions of interest from highly qualified candidates across Canada, with broad diversity in academic disciplines, prior post-secondary experience, gender, ethnicity and previous leadership positions. Following detailed discussions and deliberations, the Presidential Search Committee, with the assistance of PhelpsGroup (an Executive Recruitment firm), has now narrowed down an impressive shortlist of candidates to continue on in the process.

The Presidential Search Committee is encouraged by the genuine level of optimism and excitement expressed by all of the shortlisted candidates at the prospect of leading Sheridan in the future.

The Presidential Search Committee will hold interviews throughout May and remains confident that it will meet its objective to recommend a candidate to the Board of Governors shortly thereafter. As a result, the Board of Governors anticipates being in a position to announce Sheridan’s eighth President and Vice Chancellor this summer.

Message from the Chair

The Board of Governors is actively in the process of recruiting Sheridan’s eighth President and Vice Chancellor. The Board has hired Executive Search firm PhelpsGroup to assist with this important task. Our lead consultants are Heather Connelly and Jayson Phelps.

Position Profile

The background work started in the spring of 2017, when all Sheridan employees were invited to complete an online, anonymous questionnaire. It asked about the qualities employees would like to see in their next leader, as well as their opinions on the core responsibilities associated with the role. Focus groups for faculty, support staff, administration and students at Sheridan’s Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville Campuses were held to refine the input. Additional 1:1 interviews were conducted with leaders on campus. Using this input, the position profile was created and the key selection criteria were finalized.

To view a copy of the position profile, please click here.

Search Process

The Board of Governors is working toward a goal of hiring Sheridan’s next President by September or October, 2018.
With the assistance of PhelpsGroup, the Board will develop a list of candidates, who will then be short-listed so that interview rounds may begin. One, final preferred candidate will be presented to the Board of Governors for approval.

Search Committee

The Presidential Search Committee is charged with identifying the candidate who best fits the position profile, which was developed with the input of the Sheridan community. The Committee is instructed to keep all of its discussions and documents strictly confidential.

Members of the panel include representation from the Board, faculty, staff, Senate, and student body The full list of members includes:

  • Steve Boone, Chair, Board of Governors
  • Wayne Steffler, Treasurer, Board of Governors, Vice President Finance and Administration and CFO
  • John Fleming, Governor
  • Joanne Rivard, Governor
  • Nancy Heath, Support Staff Representative, Board of Governors
  • Yael Katz, Dean FHASS
  • Monica Lysack, Senate Speaker
  • Enrique Ponce, President, Sheridan Student Union
  • Jack Urowitz, President, Union Local 244
  • Jessica Hinchliffe (Resource)

Contact Information

Jessica Hinchliffe, Assistant Secretary of the Board
905-815-4021 or
Heather Connelly or Jayson Phelps